Orders paused for most Kia Stonic models

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Kia Australia has paused orders for top-selling Stonic city SUV variants ahead of a specification update next year.

Order books have been closed for two of the three versions of the Kia Stonic city SUV – which account for the vast majority of sales – amid high demand and an updated model due early next year.

A spokesperson for Kia Australia said the company is focusing on filling existing orders ahead of a “model-year upgrade” in the first half of 2024.

The affected variants are the entry-level S and middle-of-the-range Sport which – based on data supplied to Drive in late 2021 – account for as much as 80 per cent of Stonic sales.

The top-of-the-range GT-Line – which uses a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine in place of the S and Sport’s 1.4-litre non-turbo four-cylinder – remains available to order.

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It is unusual for car companies to pause orders between model years if there are no major updates – suggesting Kia’s smallest SUV may be in line for significant specification upgrades.

While a second facelift akin to the city-sized Picanto appears unlikely – as no prototypes have been spotted testing overseas – the Stonic could benefit from new safety features.

Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are offered in Europe, but are not available in Australia.

More details of the updated Kia Stonic – expected to be a Model Year 2025 vehicle, even though it will be released early in the year – are due in the coming months.

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020.

Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines at a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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